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Global Witness reveals 2019 was deadliest year on record for eco-defenders, with 212 murdered worldwide

“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has published data on […]

July 31st

Memorial Day: Government and Business must stand up for environmental defenders now, to build a more fair and resilient future

The world as we know it is changing at an exponential rate. The impact of COVID-19 on global health and financial systems will ripple for decades. As lives and livelihoods remain the top priority, many manifestations of this virus will continue to play out in the short, medium and long term. At Global Witness, we’re […]

Remember on Memorial Day: 1,700 environmental activists killed this century defending the environment

According to records compiled by the campaign group Global Witness, 1,738 people described as environmental defenders were killed between 2002 and 2018, across 50 countries. The group says the number of reported deaths has been increasing over time with about three people killed each week on average. Yet the campaign group says only about 10% of […]

Memorial Day: Who Is Killing Latin America’s Environmentalists?

While the environment has been recovering in many places around the world due to the coronavirus slowdown, in Latin America, threats against nature’s biggest protectors are only increasing. The beginning of 2020 has seen an acceleration of high-profile killings of environmentalists in some of the region’s most biodiverse countries. Their deaths jeopardize the fight against climate change […]

Giffords Shooting: Environmentalists in Crosshairs

The Tea Partiers said “If ballots don’t work, bullets will.” Today, Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords was cut down by a gunman at a “Congress On Your Corner” event at a Tuscon Safeway. Federal Judge John Roll was killed in the same incident, along with a 9-year-old girl. Giffords is in critical condition with a gunshot […]

January 8th